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Welcome back! November is National Adoption month so we are talking about adoption narratives in Disney movies and TV shows (there are a lot, btw). I’m joined by guest Lauren, a fellow adoptee, to discuss two Disney movie adoption narratives in depth: Lilo and Stitch and Tangled. Follow Lauren and get her book, Inconvenient Daughter. Website: https://theljsharks.com/ Instagram: @theljsharks You can find the podcast online: Website: http://www.wonderfulworldofdisneyvillains.com Instagram: @wwofdisvillains Time Stamps: 00:00 – Intro 02:37 – Lauren’s intro 03:07 – How do we identify adoption in Disney movies and TV for this conversation? 07:49 – Let’s talk about the movies Lilo and Stitch and Tangled 08:52 – Lilo and Stitch summary and Lauren’s reaction 19:55 – Discussion on the adoption and child protective services representation in the film 28:40 – Tangled summary and Lauren’s reaction 45:56 – Discussion on adoption, gas lighting, abusive relationships, Rapunzel’s lack of agency, and more 55:44 – Are movies like Tangled triggering to adoptees and domestic abuse/family abuse survivors? Only showing certain adoption tropes, family reunion scenes, no mourning for the parent who raised them – only the parent who gave birth to them 59:42 – Lion King 2 and Simba’s trauma 01:07:06 – How media influences society’s perception of adoptees. What would an authentic adoption story be like? What are things writers need to factor in to portray an accurate and authentic adoption story? If you want to learn more about Lauren’s adoption story and my own adoption story listen to the Janchi Show podcast! Lauren’s guest appearance on Episode 23 My guest appearance on Episode 28